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Speakers draw safety lessons from school bus tragedies
October 25, 2012
Keynote speakers at the NAPT Summit share some powerful safety messages — powerful in particular because they are based on fatal school bus accidents. The family of Hunter Pitt, who was killed when his bus ran over him, watches a video they worked on with Missouri organizations.
Feds issue "Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving"
June 12, 2012
Calling distracted driving "an epidemic," U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood outlines steps to pass more laws, address technology and help stakeholders take action. He also announces $2.4 million in support for enforcement projects in California and Delaware.
Texting involved in car-school bus crash
May 22, 2012
Georgia state troopers say that 18-year-old Mandy Lynn Davidson was distracted by a text message when she swerved into traffic and hit the school bus head-on, severely injuring herself and her infant. No children were on the bus.
NAPT News & Views — Distracted driving: high on the national policy agenda
May 22, 2012

Distracted driving means different things to different people. But it seems clear that this subject will continue to be at the top of the national agenda as policymakers in Washington seek the proper balance between innovation, convenience and safety.

NTSB releases agenda for attentive driving forum
March 5, 2012
During the agency’s free one-day event, four panels of experts from federal and state governments, vehicle manufacturers, safety advocacy groups, law enforcement and the research community will discuss countermeasures to distracted driving. Officials say the panels will also consider recent research on driver distraction that could contribute to reducing such accidents.
Forum to focus on attentive driving
February 21, 2012
The National Transportation Safety Board’s one-day event will "identify how distractions affect behavior behind the wheel and focus on measures that promote attentive driving," Chairman Deborah Hersman says.
NTSB issues report on fatal Mo. bus crash
February 3, 2012
The agency finds problems with the brakes of the school buses involved in the accident. Among its recommendations to the state of Missouri is to require that students traveling to an activity or field trip in a school or school-chartered bus be instructed in safe riding practices. NTSB Vice Chairman Christopher Hart also addresses the agency’s call for a nationwide ban on driver use of electronics following the accident, saying it “may be scoped too narrowly.”
Petition seeks funding for bus driver distraction study
December 20, 2011
The petition urges the Obama Administration to fund the proposed Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Center for Truck and Bus Safety study. Data collected from school bus drivers would be analyzed to determine distraction sources and their association with crashes, near-crashes and crash-relevant conflicts.
Antenna detects cell phone use in vehicles
December 20, 2011
The offering from inthinc Technology Solutions Inc. can decipher various cell wave frequencies, including phone calls, text messages and e-mails emitted from the driver’s seat. Fleet managers can adjust the settings to either send an in-cab voice alert to drivers when a cell signal is detected, or report the violation to the manager via e-mail or text alert.
NTSB calls for nationwide ban on driver use of electronics
December 13, 2011
The recommendation to all 50 states and the District of Columbia is to outlaw the non-emergency use of portable electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle. Following its investigation of the 2010 truck-school bus crash in Gray Summit, Mo., the agency also makes recommendations on school bus evacuations, inspections and driver training.
Report: traffic fatalities in 2010 hit record-breaking low
December 12, 2011
Updated data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that highway deaths fell to 32,885 last year — the lowest level since 1949. Among other key findings in the report are that fatalities declined in most categories in 2010, and the agency also details its new measure of fatalities related to distracted driving, called “distraction-affected crashes.”
Feds ban cell phone use by some bus drivers
November 29, 2011
The new final rule prohibits interstate truck and bus drivers from using hand-held cell phones while operating their vehicles. A DOT spokesperson confirms to SBF that for school buses, the rule only applies to private operators that transport students on interstate trips.
NTSB: Ban cell phone use for commercial drivers
September 15, 2011
Citing distraction from the use of a mobile phone by a truck driver as the probable cause of a crash that killed 11 people, the National Transportation Safety Board recommends banning the use of mobile phones by commercial drivers, except in emergencies.
New solution from Zonar, ZoomSafer targets distracted driving
August 23, 2011
The companies partner to improve fleets’ ability to manage employee cell phone use while driving.
School bus driver charged for texting while driving
March 17, 2011
Police charge Evelyn Guzman with risk of injury to a minor and reckless endangerment. Footage from the surveillance camera on her bus allegedly shows her texting; police believe Guzman sent and received 1,068 text messages while operating a bus between April 6 and May 15, 2010.
Texas student killed by truck while exiting school bus
January 11, 2011
The 7-year-old boy is struck by a pickup as he crosses the street to his house after disembarking his bus. Salvador Hernandez, who allegedly failed to heed the bus' flashing lights and stop sign, is facing an involuntary manslaughter charge.
Cell phone ban proposed for truck, bus drivers
December 21, 2010
Federal rule would prohibit interstate commercial truck and bus drivers from using hand-held cell phones while operating a commercial motor vehicle. The restriction would apply to school bus operations by private operators in interstate commerce, according to the proposal.
Mother of girl killed in bus speaks in distraction campaign
November 16, 2010
In the U.S. DOT's new "Faces of Distracted Driving" series, Elissa Schee talks about losing her 13-year-old daughter Margay when a semi-truck crashed into the back of her school bus. The truck driver was talking on his cell phone and said he never saw the bus.
Bus driver resigns after being caught texting
November 16, 2010
School district officials review footage from cameras inside Connie Hankins’ bus after receiving an anonymous call that she was sending text messages while driving. The footage showed Hankins texting on three occasions; on two of those occasions, students were on the bus.
Transportation secretary: Distracted driving study is ‘misleading’
September 28, 2010
U.S. DOT chief Ray LaHood is referring to a report released on Tuesday by the Highway Loss Data Institute that questions the effectiveness of anti-texting while driving laws to improve traffic safety. LaHood said that the report fails to reconcile with previous research supported by the institute that shows that drivers are four times as likely to crash if using a hand-held device while driving.

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